Originally Posted by dsrtrat
I would avoid a frame with fixed bars. Movable bars give you flexibility to customize for different size coolers and drop bags. I had a powder coated frame and didn't like it. Aluminum will loose it's shiny surface after a couple of trips, and I don't worry about transfer to the tubes.
I like a multi-component catalyzed paint. It's harder than powder coat, and easier to touch up.
Fully agree on adjustable bars. Even if you weld/pin the double rails on the sides and the front/rear crossbars, having adjustable bars for your seat/drybox and cooler/footbar will be invaluable. Seems that plans (and dryboxes and coolers) change, and being able to adjust those bars is a really good benefit. Hard to beat the new NRS forged lopros for adustability. they add up and get spendy if you're buying 12-14...but for a mostly welded frame, you'd only be buying 4-6.
Also use NRS forged adjustable oar towers instead of welding your towers. Really easy way to get both adustability and collapse/stackability.
Originally Posted by codycleve
An everything bag. There are several manufacturer such as pacific river, stitches n stuff, tuff river stuff to name a few.. agree on captains boxes or captains bags if you cant swing the boxes.
x2 on the Everything bag and a rear floor.
If you can't afford custom captain's boxes, go for Pelican boxes. If you can't afford pelican boxes, Harbor Freight has knockoffs that are pretty good.